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Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park of Munnar is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. The park covers 97 square kilometer area along the famous Western Ghats. The Eravikulam National Park is a heritage site and houses some rare and endangered species of animals, butterflies etc. The park is famous for Anamudi Peak, which is the highest peak in South India. The terrain of the park includes hill plateau, grasslands, shoals, mountain peak, perennial streams, waterfall and others.

Attractions
An important tourism zone of the park is the Rajmalai mountain slope, which is the best place to spot tahr from close quarters. Another major attraction here is the Lakkom Waterfalls that starts inside the park and ends in Pamba River.

The terrain inside the Eravikulam National park is predominantly grasslands. Many species of orchids and balsams are found here. Other top species spotted here are Neelakurunji, cyanotis species among others.

The Park houses around 26 species of mammals including the Nilgiri tahr, which has the largest population here. Other mammals spotted here are sambar deer, jungle cat, wild dog, leopard, tiger, golden jackal and others. Nilgiri langur, Indian porcupine, Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, dusky palm squirrel, and small clawed otter are among the top small animals spotted here.

Those who love bird watching can visit this place to view around 132 bird species residing here. Top bird to spot here are black and orange flycatcher, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri flycatcher, white bellied shortwing, and Nilgiri pipit.

Best time to visit
With a typical tropical montane climate, the peak area of the Park gains heavy rainfall than other parts of the park. March to May marks the summer season in the region and April and May are the hottest months here. Summers are also the best time to spot animals with their cubs as they come to the water sources to quench their thirst.

June to August is the monsoon season here and the place receives high rainfall due to its altitude. The flora might be rich during this season but spotting animals becomes harder.

The winter season starts in October and ends in February. The extreme cold makes it difficult to spot animals. The early and late winter seasons are good times to get a glance at tahr with their small ones.

The park remains closed during the months of February and March due to mating season.

How to Reach
By AirTrivandrum and Coimbatore airports are the nearest airports to reach Eravikulam National Park. From the airport, many other transportation options are available to reach Munnar.

By TrainThe nearest railway station is Aluva, located 120km away from Munnar. Many trains from the neighboring states and cities reach Aluva.

By Road - Cabs can be hired from Munnar to reach the park. Government and private buses are available to reach Munnar and from Munnar, hiring cab is easier. 



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